Liveden New Beald is an unfinished Elizabethan summer house located in the parish of Aldwinkle in North Northamptonshire, England. The National Trust, which currently owns the building, calls it a ‘building of exceptional interest’ because of the religious symbolism in its architecture.
Lyveden New Bield was built by Sir Thomas Tresham, a devout Catholic, which made him a threat to the Protestant faith of Queen Elizabeth I. Tresham was often imprisoned for his beliefs and forced to pay heavy fines, which the aristocratic former aspirant paid for maintaining his Catholic beliefs and practices. Tresham celebrated his beliefs architecturally. his most famous stupidity is triangular lodge Near Rushton which is full of religious symbolism. Tresham’s second home is his second unfinished Liveden New Bild on the estate of Liveden Manor House, also known as Liveden Old Bild.
As in Tresham’s Rushton Triangular Lodge, the New Beld has a religious design full of symbolism. Designed on a plan reminiscent of a Greek cross, its façade has a strict symmetry. The building consists of two floors above a raised basement, with mullion and transomed windows. Each floor has three rooms with stairs in the south projection of the cross. The bay windows each have five sides, the number five being a common symbol for Jesus and Mary. The exterior of the building is decorated with friezes of a religious nature.
The New Beld was never intended to be Tresham’s main house, but rather an escape, where Tresham could retreat with some servants while his main house was being cleaned. It has a large hall and parlor on the first floor, kitchen and buttery in the basement and a bedroom on the upper floor.
Liveden New Beld was never completed. Sir Thomas Tresham died in 1605 after decades of religious persecution that severely depleted his estate. His son Francis Tresham inherited the property, but that same year, along with his cousins Catesby and Wintour, he became involved in the Gunpowder Plot. Francis’ mother managed the estate until his death in 1615. Subsequently, Francis’ son Louis Tresham ransacked the remaining family property. The estate was eventually sold after the death of his son in 1643.
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